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Windows 32BIT Box (Server OS) 4GB RAM a 800GB LUN Mapped to the above box as a local drive Around 700GB of text files (Yes text files and a few thousand word documents) nested in thousands of directories.

I need to move this to a new storage and map another server to it.

What would be the best way to go about it ?

What I did was mapped the existing LUN to our new box and mapped a LUN from the New storage to the new box too, and tried copying (windows copy) but that wasn't good / fast enough considering the downtime.

I am now looking for either a script which will do this or a utility (prefer opensource / free) to move this size of data at a good speed.

2 x 1GB Nics teamed > ether channel 2GBPs

Any suggestions or pointers would be off great help Thanks !

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why down-vote? - it is a legit / proper question :-) – rihatum Mar 20 '12 at 4:03

How about mapping the new LUN to the old server and then use Robocopy or rsync to copy the files?

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Thank you for your prompt response : I tried a sync utility but that just freezes after 60Gb ; I guess as the other host is constantly writing to it - may be that's why. also how would I get rsync to work on my new 64BIT windows BOX ? – rihatum Mar 19 '12 at 1:01
@rihatum, which sync utility did you try? – Matthew Flaschen Mar 19 '12 at 1:43
allwaysync, goodsync - any ideas or suggestions on this ? – rihatum Mar 19 '12 at 17:57
@SvenW, I mapped the existing LUN to my new box, however I have read that it is not a good idea to map a single lun to two hosts (unless in a cluster - which my servers are not) so I have unmapped it now, even though I was only reading from it. Whoever have down-voted this question, please understand that not everyone here comes without a research, My question intended towards people who deal with terabytes of text files and may have had to move it around, so was looking forward to those suggestions. – rihatum Mar 20 '12 at 4:09

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